We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlin Gustave and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kaitlin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Starting my own business, K Arrow Productions, was a huge risk for myself.

I previously worked for a corporate company doing what I love as the digital editor and assistant editor of The Team Roping Journal magazine and The Breakaway Roping Journal, which included social media management, news writing, website content management, event coverage, podcasting, some photography and more.

After working for the company nearly five years I decided that I wanted to branch out on my own with hopes of sharing my passion for the Western industry and talents to the industry as a whole.

It wasn’t all that easy for me to leave a job that I truly loved. It took a lot of thinking, support from family and friends and one big leap of faith for me to officially decide to branch out on my own and create my own business.

I figured the more hats I wear, the more I can offer to the public. There are a handful of businesses, brands and athletes that could use a hand and I am more than eager to tip my hat and help everyone reach their personal goals whether it be copywriting, photography, videography, event coverage, podcast editing or social media management.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I wear many hats in the industry. What sets me apart from others in the industry is that I don’t just do one thing. I like to hustle. I’m a journalist. I’m a podcast producer, editor and previous host. I’m a photographer. I’m a minimal videographer. I cover events. I’m an on-the-ground reporter. I’m a social media manager.

And when I’m not all of that I’m working team ropings as chute help, taking entries, announcing and more. I know this isn’t really apart of my personal career, but it sets me up to hustle, to take risks, to meet new faces and connect with old faces and to work hard.

I’m excited to be involved in the Western industry. I’m excited to expand my photography and videography skills as I am working on growing that portion of my business in the near future.

Getting to where I am today is always fun for me to look back on. I made a personal post about this years ago that went like this:

“Words can’t describe how different my life would be today if I had not gone to Trevor Brazile’s and Patrick Smith’s clinic five years ago (in 2013).

“Obviously I could never thank my parents enough for letting me live this life and taking me to their clinic. But what started this “journey” is Trevor. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have gotten in touch with Lari Dee Guy and have been able to train under the best. And if it wasn’t for Lari Dee I wouldn’t have known Chelsea (Shaffer) and been able to have the guts to ask to intern for her.

“I could go on and on to explain this crazy life I am blessed to live but in short, thank you Trevor for getting this all started. I wake up every day and still am in awe at where I am today and the people that have come into my life. And thank you to my mom and dad for letting me spread my wings and fly.”

It all started with a team roping clinic that changed the trajectory of my career path.

My mom always told me that you should never be afraid to ask someone a questions because the worst a person can say is, “no.” And that is what this journey has been built on.

Now, as I still find myself finding my place in the industry, I am forever grateful for the moments, people and drive that has led me to where I am today.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you head on over to Arizona, I would recommend stopping in at The Creek in Cave Creek, Arizona, for a bite to eat and drinks. Don’t forget to take a coffee break at The Prickly Perk in Wickenburg and if your in the mood for some team roping action head on over to Rancho Rio or Dynamite Arena.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are a handful of people that deserve recognition.

My family deserves a lot of the recognition because if it wasn’t for their love and support I’m not sure I would have been able to jump head first into starting up my business. My mom, dad and sister had believed in me, prayed with me and supported me in every career decision I have made.

My mom and my sister have always inspired me. My mom, Tina, started her own business at 27 and it still runs 35 years later. My sister, Karissa, also branched out to start her own business in retail, Nothing But Country, and has knocked me off my feet with her hustle and drive. On top of that, they went in as co-owners on a Greek pastry company, Honey Mou’s Sweet Greek Baklava Crumbles.

Seeing both of them find happiness and success pushed me to realize that I can do this on my own and build a business. Their love and support for my new career path is also a major factor.

My friend Kari deCastro deserves credit as well. Watching her hustle every day has shown me that hard work is hard for a reason, but it does pay off in the end. She has pushed me and supported me on this new career journey and deserves recognition. She has taken the time to teach me, help me and push me to take steps that I was scared to take and has offered me opportunities to grow my business.

My friend Chelsea James is also in there. She has been a part of my support system. She has believed in me and that I could branch out on my own long before I had the idea of starting my own business. She has been someone that has been a rock for me.

I also can’t forget about my friend and previous boss Chelsea Shaffer. She took a chance on a college student to come in and work for one of the industry’s leading magazines. I am forever thankful and grateful that she believed in my efforts. She has helped me grow in the industry, as well as Gabby Schiavino. Shaffer and Schiavino took time out of their busy work days to help expand my writing style and grow as a journalist. They pushed me to grow instead of leading me astray.

Big thank you’s go out to every single one of these people and more.

Website: https://karrowproductions.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karrowproductions/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaitlin-gustave/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karrowproductions

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCymSu-aTQO4fgRYXkwarj3g

Image Credits
Idlewild Creative/Kari deCastro K Arrow Productions/Kaitlin Gustave

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